Do you know the most dangerous time of year to be driving? Many people assume it’s winter because of dangerous driving conditions created by snow, sleet, and ice. But the statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration show that car accidents peak during the summer months.
Keep reading to learn more about why summer driving can be so dangerous and how you can keep yourself and your family safe this season.
Why Is Summer Driving So Dangerous?
We know that a car accident is a common occurrence during the summer months, but why is summer driving more dangerous than winter? There are a few factors that stand out.
First, there are typically more drivers on the road. Summer is a favorite vacation time, especially for families, and a lot of people head out on annual summer road trips. Summer also means more teen drivers on the road because they’re not in school over the summer. Additionally, there is more construction on the roads, and obstacles like detours can cause confusion with drivers which may lead to more accidents.
Motorcycles are another concern in the summer when riding conditions are best for much of the country. Motorcyclists that don’t have the ability to ride for several months out of the year may have weakened reflexes, especially in heavy traffic. Couple that with drivers being unaccustomed to checking for motorcycles, and those who may be driving in areas they are unfamiliar with, and an increase in motor vehicle accidents is almost inevitable.
Tips For Driving Safe This Summer
There are a lot of reasons that driving in the summer is risky but there are some easy things you can do to keep yourself and other drivers safer this summer travel season.
Here are four tips to help you avoid an accident:
1. Avoid Driving When It’s Raining
Just like snow in the winter, rain in the summer leads to slick roads and dangerous driving conditions. Take extra precautions when you’re driving in a storm, or try and pull over to the side of the road until the rain has passed. And remember, hazard lights are only to be used when your car is stopped- not while you are still in motion.
2. Slow Down In Construction Zones
Like we mentioned earlier, more beautiful weather means more construction on the streets. Always drive slowly in construction zones for your safety and the safety of workers. It’s better to make a U-turn than to cut someone off and endanger those around you.
3. Don’t Text and Drive
This one might seem obvious to most of us, but it’s important to remind your teen drivers what could happen if they don’t pay attention to the road. Even built-in screens with smart phone interfaces can cause distractions.
What To Do After An Accident
No matter how careful you are, summer driving is dangerous and accidents can happen. If you’re injured in an accident, you’ll need an expert legal team on your side.